As part of the makeover Liberty Media is giving Formula One in its first year of ownership, the company recently said it wants to majorly expand the schedule. Champions Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton don’t seem to like that much, agreeing that they’d consider leaving if the number of races got too high.
The new bosses at Formula One, Liberty Media, already have former F1 tyrant Bernie Ecclestone in a fuss about how much they’re using this “social media” stuff. They now want to expand the F1 schedule, which would maybe, just maybe, wear ol’ Bernie out enough to keep him from talking so much.
Former Formula One tyrant-in-chief Bernie Ecclestone was pivotal to its growth in the 1970s, but his later years as CEO got wacky, ruthless and all kinds of bad. F1’s new owners knocked him into a lower role in January and Ecclestone is already making it known that he hates the way they’re running things.
The Formula One season hasn’t even started and the series’ new owners are already considering how to shake up the schedule. Fortunately for those of us less fond of F1 swinging by oppressive dictatorships for races, one of the first grands prix new F1 overlords Liberty Media criticized was the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Once again, it’s time to hear the too-polite way of saying “you weren’t doing your job well enough.” This time, deposed Formula One Chairman Emeritus and deranged muppet Bernie Ecclestone is on the receiving end. New F1 chairman Chase Carey said Ecclestone simply wasn’t growing the sport, hence the decision to replace…
Longtime Formula One impresario Bernie Ecclestone has been forced to resign from his leadership position over by the sport’s new owners Liberty Media, reports Auto Motor und Sport. New F1 chairman Chase Carey has taken over his former responsibilities. [Update: F1 has confirmed Bernie is out. See below.]
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone wonders a lot of things. He wonders if the sport would be more interesting if drivers got seriously injured. He wonders why North America is such a shit hole. He wonders why all of the drivers in his sport are such “windbags.” And now, he’s wondering if he’ll keep his job.
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile unanimously approved the sale of Formula One to Liberty Media at a World Motor Sport Council meeting today, reports Racer. Why wouldn’t they approve it? As a shareholder in Formula One Group holding company Delta Topco, the sale gives the FIA a nice paycheck.
Slow your ultra-lightweight, high-downforce roll, everybody. Ross Brawn may not be heading up the sporting side of Formula One as reports suggested yesterday. Brawn has denied the rumors to the BBC, claiming that Liberty Media hasn’t owned the sport long enough to start making major leadership changes.